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Do I need client access licenses to create an offsite mirrored server?

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I'm planning on creating a mirrored server to be stored at an offsite facility. I'm going to get software that would replicate any changes made on the "master" server to the "backup" server. I've actually got 2 servers that I will be replicating to duplicate backup servers. My question is this: Do I need to buy more licenses for the backup servers? Since the backup servers will only be used in the event that my production servers are offline, it seems that I would be within Microsoft requirements for licenses. So if I've got 100 CAL's, can I just replicate them to the backup servers, or will I have to buy another 100 licenses specifically for the backup servers?
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you may want to confirm with ms, but i beleive your assumption is correct. Your cals are for accessing a server if one server is dead, you are still licenced to access another
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I eventually called Microsoft Pre-Sales support and asked them my question. I would need to buy the Server licenses for each backup server, but my CAL's would carry over to any server within my organization. It's a moot point that they are backup servers. The CAL's work for all servers within the organization, productin or not. So I will give Jay_Jay70 the credit, because he had the answer correct.
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glad to know :) Thank you!
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